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Ballet dancers perform a duet on the canals of London to the audience across the street

Enchanting moment Royal Ballet dancers perform a duet on the canals of London in front of an audience of walkers and cyclists across the street

  • Ballet dancers were filmed during training at the Hoxton Docks in East London
  • The dancers were Annette Buvoli and Harry Churches from The Royal Ballet
  • A passing cyclist captured the classic duet on video on Wednesday evening

People passing by the Hoxton Docks on Regent’s Canal in London were treated to a stunning performance by two dancers from The Royal Ballet.

The classic duet between a male and a female dancer was performed on a purpose-built pontoon at East London’s Potemkin Theater.

Annette Buvoli and Harry Churches of The Royal Ballet were filmed on Wednesday evening as they practiced for a socially distant show in the same place in two weeks.

Dancers, Annette Buvoli and Harry Churches of The Royal Ballet were filmed on Wednesday at the Hoxton Docks along the Regent's Canal in East London

Dancers, Annette Buvoli and Harry Churches of The Royal Ballet were filmed on Wednesday at the Hoxton Docks along the Regent’s Canal in East London

A passing cyclist captured the pair dancing to a composition by Italian composer Ennio Morricone – the theme music for the 1986 film The Mission.

Cyclists and walkers along the Regent’s Canal stopped to view the surprising outdoor performance.

The dancers’ video was posted on Twitter and received over 600,000 views.

The Royal Ballet closed its doors to the public on March 17 and although some performances have been streamed live, the building remains closed to a live audience.

They were filmed dancing to the main theme of the 1986 film The Mission written by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone

They were filmed dancing to the main theme of the 1986 film The Mission written by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone

They were filmed dancing to the main theme of the 1986 film The Mission written by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone

Annette Buvoli and Harry Churches were practicing for a show with the group DistDancing, which advertises their public appearances on Instagram.

Buvoli is an American dancer and a first artist with the Royal Ballet, while Churches is an artist in the company and is from Australia.

Other Royal Ballet dancers are involved with the DistDancing group, including Chisato Katsura, Valentino Zucchetti, Luca Acri, David Donnelly, Hannah Grennell, Harry Churches, Amelia Townsend and dancers from other disciplines.

The group was created as a project between Chisato Katsura, a first artist with the Royal Ballet, and her landlord who owns the Hoxton Docks project and the Potemkin Theater.

Ms. Katsura enlisted the help of Valentino Zucchetti, a principal soloist with The Royal Ballet, to be the main organizers of the DistDancing project launched during the June lockdown.

Ms. Katsura said to MailOnline: “We came up with the name because we thought the distance between the dancers in the performance and the audience is already clear.

“It is socially distant. This whole situation is closely related to Covid-19. The audience looks from afar.

‘At the moment it is mainly non-profit. It is more of a gift from us artists to the world.

“We are not a ticket audience, it’s all free. It really is ordinary [for people] tripping over this event – it’s actually a surprise. ‘

Cyclists and hikers passing by were treated to the surprising outdoor performances captured on video and went viral on Twitter

Cyclists and hikers passing by were treated to the surprising outdoor performances captured on video and went viral on Twitter

Cyclists and hikers passing by were treated to the surprising outdoor performances captured on video and went viral on Twitter

Since early July, they have been performing free live outdoor performances to the public on the channel.

The piece on which the duo dances in the video has been specially choreographed by Erico Montes for DistDancing and Hoxton Docks project.

Their next public performances will be on the canal this Saturday, August 1, at 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM.

Dance companies have found new ways to perform for their audience since their closure.

Russian dancers from the Mikhailovsky Theater in Saint Petersburg filmed themselves playing sections of famous ballets at home, including Don Quixote and Giselle.

They used household appliances, including a plate, a pan and a spoon, in the routines and shared the images online.

The Royal Ballet closed its doors to the public on March 17. The group, DistDancing, which includes dancers from the Royal Ballet, has been looking for new ways to perform to the public since its closure.

The Royal Ballet closed its doors to the public on March 17. The group, DistDancing, which includes dancers from the Royal Ballet, has been looking for new ways to perform to the public since its closure.

The Royal Ballet closed its doors to the public on March 17. The group, DistDancing, which includes dancers from the Royal Ballet, has been looking for new ways to perform to the public since its closure.

Annette Buvoli is an American dancer and a first artist with the Royal Ballet. She is shown here with The Swan on a pontoon on the Regent's Canal in East London

Annette Buvoli is an American dancer and a first artist with the Royal Ballet. She is shown here with The Swan on a pontoon on the Regent's Canal in East London

Annette Buvoli is an American dancer and a first artist with the Royal Ballet. She is shown here with The Swan on a pontoon on the Regent’s Canal in East London

Harry Churches is an artist with The Royal Ballet and was one of the dancers in the duet's video. He is shown here performing for a channel audience

Harry Churches is an artist with The Royal Ballet and was one of the dancers in the duet's video. He is shown here performing in front of an audience on the canal

Harry Churches is an artist with The Royal Ballet and was one of the dancers in the duet’s video. He is shown here performing in front of an audience on the canal

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